I left my brokerage today. It was a difficult decision which I have struggled with for several months. I probably made it harder than it was, because I had relationships I didn’t want to leave and I was comfortable there.
As I packed up the few things from my office and said good bye to some friends, I sensed they thought I was making a huge mistake. I’m sure in their mind, I did. I’m alright with that, though.
One common thread which has comsistently permeated every conversation I have had with other agents who I have talked to about my decision to leave and move on, was how can you be sure it’s a good move for you. I really got to the point where I was beginning to doubt I could make the decision.
We have experienced brokerages closing and merging in the past year, including mine, leaving some agents forced to make a move. Other than being forced, most seem to be okay where they are. I wonder though, is okay enough? Is comfortable a good enough resaon to stay? Many just want to stay and wait for the market to turn around or for things to be the way they used to be. They sit in their office and do the same thing they have done for years, with no progress.
I don’t now yet if my decision was the best one for me. I believe it is. One thing I do know, I stepped out of my comfort zone and it feels good. It feels challenging! Whether it involves a physical move or a move toward trying something new, I wish a few more of my peers would step out with me. Comfortable is easy; stepping out and making the move is invigorating!